Obstacles to Khusoo, virtues of prayer at home and in the masjid.
From the book “as Saalat wa Atharuhaa fee Ziyaadatul Imaan…
Translation by: Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq.
1. Weak Eemaan in the Meeting with Allah.
Allah the Exalted said: Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer. Indeed it is hard except upon those who are humble and submissive. Those who know with certainty that they are to meet their Lord and that to Him they will return.
2. The whispering of Shaytaan.
Abu Hurairah , radiallahu anhu, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallahu alaihi wa salam, said: “When the call to prayer is made, Shaytaan flees on his heels and passes wind with noise during his flight so that he does not hear the adhaan. When the adhaan is completed he comes back. When the Iqaamah is pronounced h takes to his heels again until it is completed. Then he returns again and whispers into the heart of the person (so that person starts thinking about other things) and says to him: “Remember this and remember that. So the person remembers those things which were not in his mind before the prayer began and as a result he forgets how much he has prayed.”
3. Heedlessness and the hawaa (whims)
4. Excessive concern with the world.
5. Abandoning the Masjid and the Congregational prayer.
Abu Dardaa, radiallahu anhu, said: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa salllam) said: “There are no three persons in a town or Bedouins (in the desert) amongst whom the prayer is not established (in congregation) except that Shaytaan has gained mastery over them. So observe prayer in congregation as the wolf eats the lonely animal.”
6. Lack of love for one’s Muslim brother for the sake of Allah.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not direct you to something which if you were to do would cause you to love one another? Increase in giving salutations to one another.
7. Not straightening the rows.
8. Oppressing the servants of Allah and not fulfilling their rights.
9. Turning around (looking around) during prayer and raising one’s eyesight to the sky.
Qataadah, radiallahu anhu, reported that Anas saying: “The messenger of Allah said: “What is the matter with the people that they raise their eyes to the sky during their prayer?” He continued to say this sternly until he said: “Either the people will refrain from this or their eyesight will be snatched away from them.”
Ibn al Qayyim said: “Turning around in the prayer is of two types:
First: The turning of the heart away from Allah Azzawajall to other things besides Him,
Second: Turning of the eyesight.
Both of them have been forbidden. Allah subhanna wa tallah, does not cease to face His servant so long as he faces Him in his prayer. If he turns away with his heart or his sight, Allah turns away from him.” Quoted by Ahmad Fareed in his book [Risaalah taqdeer Qad is Salaat]
10. Praying upon something which is colorful or attractive, something which has been ornamented or something with pictures upon it.